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But let me reassure readers, and future thesis perpetrators: I have not given "..airy nothing/ A local habitation and a name." All the things in my stories actually happened.
The Old Man really did order the support columns removed from the SSEC room.
Well, it looked like a lot of work, and not much fun for me or for the readers. Lewis Carroll is a favorite preceptor for just about everybody in the computer wonderland, and the thought of Watson Senior shouting "Off with her head!
The totality is the autobiography - millions and millions of bytes.
I wanted to go on; I had toured Europe in the early Sixties, and had other stories from those days that historians and veterans would want to hear.
But as I began again, a family tragedy intervened, and I set the work aside.
Watson] the Imperial Presence IBM [International Business Machines Corporation] the empire The SSEC [Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator] 12,000 tubes Betsy Stewart mistress of the SSEC console The ENIAC [Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator] 18,000 tubes The ASCC [Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator] first of the giants Wallace Eckert first scientist ever hired by IBM John Mc Pherson IBM engineering director Pete Luhn inventor of relay calculators and much else Pres Eckert [no relation to Wallace] builder of the ENIAC John Mauchly designer of the ENIAC Howard Aiken he upstaged Watson Senior at the ASCC dedication Grace Hopper everybody's favorite naval person, and mother of COBOL The Watson Lab [Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory] at Columbia Rex Seeber master of the SSEC Hilleth Thomas mathematical physicist The NORC [Navy Ordnance Research Calculator] first supercomputer Frank Hamilton builder of the SSEC George Richter Gray Eminence of IBM deliveries L. Comrie [Leslie John Comrie] great English table-maker and computer Becky Jones the Moon on a Friden John Backus father of FORTRAN FORTRAN [FORmula TRANslation] longlived technical computer language Ted Codd lawgiver of relational data bases Richard Courant famous NYU mathematician I. Rabi top physicist at Columbia Dwayne Orton editor of THINK THINK Magazine IBM prestige publication Dorothy [Dorothy Carlson Grosch] Mount Wilson's loss was my gain The Waldorf Astoria Hotel scene of many IBM parties He would be 74 next month, although no one in IBM dared to mention the number to him.
The family, the large and devoted family, would of course celebrate - very privately, and without emphasizing his age. J." in most third-person mentions inside the company and nearby, "The Old Man" informally and pejoratively.I decided to continue the material more or less seamlessly, and to call the result a second edition of COMPUTER rather than a separate book. There are no pictures this time, although I have many more to display. Errors that I am aware of in the first edition have been corrected, although I am sure there are others, and not a few in the new material.